With the constant preoccupation our smartphones provide, it is harder to find time or mental space to form a coherent sense of spiritual purpose or meaning. In other words, we are thinking less. In fact, there are several studies that show simply having a phone in the room makes us less intelligent. Having the phone present, even if you aren’t consciously thinking about it, draws on attention and drains brainpower. The higher one’s dependence on one’s phone, the worse this effect is.